The first film was a popular game documentation of the Discovery Channel, the second film was an example of a typical magazine contribution of the ORF and the third film was a visually elaborate science documentation, such as by arte will be aired. Three movies that are all in the broader sense with animals and nature dealt and fit so well to the venue, the Vienna natural history museum.
Dinosaur revolution - the water hole
Length: 42 minutes
Director: David Krentz and Ricardo F. Delgado
Production: Discovery Channel / sky
We go on a trip in the past and we will visit an old watering hole that was once frequented by predators and prey. The episode from the series "dinosaur revolution" leads us to Lourinhã, a small town in Portugal, in whose vicinity there is the highest concentration of fossils in Europe. We visit the waterhole in the age of the late Jurassic, as many sauropods were resting during their itineraries there. We see the struggle of a young Allosaurus, which takes on a huge Dinheirosaurus and a no less dangerous Torvosaurus. Numerous secondary characters populate the waterhole: Ornitholestes, the "Bird robber" and Rhamphorhynchus, the flying reptile. Not to be forgotten are Miragaia, the cousin of the famous Stegosaurus and Lusotitan, a 25-metre-long sauropod. The episode shows that dinosaurs, other than suspected, lived in complex social systems, and that the water hole was a Center for many animals, which lived here together and died. In the movie a conversation followed by Germany with Peter Wunner, the Director of marketing & communication at Discovery Communications.
News from the farm of animals
Length: 37 min
Director: Kurt Langbein and Florian Kröppel
Production: Langbein & partner film production
Chimpanzees prove to young children with the use of simple tools at least equal, crows make tools, they have never before seen in a few seconds, dogs can assign hundreds terms objects and the song of the humpback whales has many similarities to the human language.
Kurt Langbein and Florian Kröppel have for "Cross & cross" put together what has found modern research in the last few years about the intelligence of animals.
In 'News from the farm of the animals' huge cognitive, show creative and communicative animals can services. "The boundary between man and animal is continuously moved", describes the development in the study of animal abilities Christophe Boesch of the Leipzig Max Planck Institute for evolutionary anthropology, "and we don't know how far this will go."
The influence of the research on the image of man and animal is already enormous. Some seemingly irrefutable rule of evolution must be rewritten: Bösch about demonstrated that male monkeys adopt female orphans - without any benefit to the spread of their genes, out of compassion.
In the wake of the film follows a conversation with the Director and producer Kurt Langbein.
Jungle under water - the mysterious life in the Lake
Length: 43 min
Director: Serge Dumont, Frank Nischk, Sarah Zierul and Thomas Weidenbach
Production: SEPPIA and LONGITUDE Filmproduktion in co-production with ARTE France
It is a journey of discovery in a natural paradise, that hardly anyone knows - even though it is right at our doorstep: the film takes the viewer in a former gravel pit. Where for decades, excavator encouraged gravel and sand, a magical underwater landscape occurred after completion of the work, whose Schönheit reminiscent of tropical reefs.
In the middle of Europe, on the outskirts of a large city, many animal and plant species have found a new home. Pike go here to hunt, rare birds raise their young. And also the endangered animals such as the eel river can find a new refuge in the Lake. Even fresh water shrimp and jellyfish, which originally come from Asia, can be found here.
There are former gravel pits to thousands on the banks of major rivers. Most are polluted by garbage and sewage, taken by fishing clubs in fitting or invaded by bathers crowds in the summer. Nature doesn't have a chance there. But the baggersee shown in the film is special: he has been in over the years simply forgot rarely find people here. The film shows what opportunities for nature former gravel pits. But the dangers, which can make a swift end to this ecological miracle. More than one and a half years of the Strasbourg biology professor and underwater filmmaker Serge Dumont this nature documentary filmed.
Unique recordings are, as you wouldn't expect in a place like a lake. An insight into a world full of surprises and secrets.
In the wake of the film, an interview with ARTE France follows editor Christine Reisen.